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    February 3, 2014

    The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 2/3/14

    For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

  • Voice Choices

    January 29, 2014


    2 Chainz comes to Roseland Ballroom

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2014

    The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll: Top 10 Albums By Year, 1971-2013

    Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Meet Knowledge the Pirate, The First Gangster To Rap Over Neptunes Beats

    Knowledge the Pirate counts himself as a member of the rapper Roc Marciano's inner circle. Alongside KA, who we recently nominated as recording the best New York City rap album of the year, Knowledge appeared on Marci's acclaimed Reloaded project and was also around during the recording of that proj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2013

    Who's Worth Seeing at the 2013 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival? EVERYONE!

    Today marks the start of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Entering its ninth year, it started at a time when the eyes of the hip-hop nation weren't as glued to the culture's birthplace as it once was, allowing the festival each subsequent year to remind the world why New York hip-hop is not only pivot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Bilal's New A Love Surreal Was Inspired By Salvador Dali

    Even though Bilal Sayeed Oliver -- that's Bilal, to his fans -- has a new album, A Love Surreal, ready for fans to consume, he is still hounded by that one question: Will Love for Sale ever get the proper release it deserves? "Well, I don't know," Oliver says. "I would like for it to, but it's a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Pusha T on the Grammy Committee: "They Can't Deny Good Hip-Hop Anymore"

    Clipse's Pusha T raps a lot about drug dealing and the spoils that go with it. (His name is Pusha, after all.) You no doubt know that by now. It's why Pusha Ton is naming his upcoming album My Name Is My Name. But before that shipment arrives he's doling out samples in the form of his mixtape Wrath ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Juelz Santana on His New Album: "It's Time To Follow the Leader Again"

    A decade ago, Juelz Santana burst onto a rap scene that didn't know it needed him, rapping about trapping out of Harlem crack spots and moving weight for the goon demographic (and delusional, escapist hipsters too) but he also made pop friendly, sing-along raps for the MTV and the now defunct 106th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2012

    Five Hip-Hop Albums We're Excited For in 2013

    The new year is right around the corner, and while we're sure you're squeezing every last bit of new music you can from the few remaining "Best of 2012" lists, it's important to look toward the future and keep in mind all of the great music still to come. While we've all but given up hope that 2013 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    F2K Presents: The Nine Worst September 11 Response Songs

    Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a moment in American history that was pretty horrifying for reasons that have been enumerated countless times. Their effects on pop music weren't as tragic, to be sure, but they were pretty unfortunate—artists on both sides of the aisl ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012


    A glimpse of the future at Irving Plaza

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Radio Hits One: Birdman Is Rap's Richest Second Banana

    A few weeks ago, Forbes published The Forbes Five, which estimated the net worth of hip hop's wealthiest moguls, and put Cash Money Records boss Bryan "Birdman" Williams in fourth place with $125 million. Just two weeks later, Williams announced that his label's most successful artist, Lil Wayne, ha ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 21, 2011


    Pusha T still has it for 
a reasonable price

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Sounds Go Through The Muscles: Bjork's Top Ten Hip-Hop Connections

    As you may have heard, Björk's latest album, Biophilia, has been specially designed to work best on an Alphasmart 2000 word-processor. This pioneering piece of multimedia is likely huge fun for tech-heads, but for music fans it might also be the aural equivalent of playing with your food. And Björ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Live: Fool's Gold Day Off Party Turns into a Relay Rave

    Fools Gold Day Off City Winery Monday, September 5 Better than: Catching bullets at a parade. New York City empties out on Labor Day weekend, but for the past two years those who've stuck around have been able to see behind the curtain on what's next, on what's nexter-than-next, and the emerging ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    The Ten Best Young Jeezy Tracks Released Since He "Fell Off"

    ​You guys drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Now all you can rave about is Rick Ross. Tsk, tsk. The guy told you himself, in no uncertain terms, that he's caught up in a fantasy. Yeah, he's got a talent for picking huge, cinematic beats, and he strings words together nicely from time to time. Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Q&A: Ford & Lopatin On Playing Together And Playing With Studio Toys

    David Black​Games was once the name of longtime pals Joel Ford and Daniel Lopatin's studio project that they collaborated on while Ford performed in Tigercity and Lopatin operated under the spellcheck-challenging noise moniker Oneohtrix Point Never. But now the duo just goes by Ford & Lopatin, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Week in Review: Swine Flu False Alarm Total Panic Edition

    In the week that we thought maybe we had swine flu, ran frightened from our offices, wandered the East Village for hours looking for wireless or a good doctor, and eventually received an email with the subject line "It's NOT Swine Flu," we sheepishly came back to our desks, only to find an army of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: Clipse Edition

    Malice, of the Clipse, started a blog last week, kicking things off with an entertaining video in which he sent up his own lifestyle: the camera's opening shot, of Pyrex and baking soda, turns out to be the beginnings of a delicious waffle batter; later, the rapper runs through some of his tougher a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Kanye, Clipse Still "Kinda Like a Big Deal" When It Comes to Rapping

    Having basically been left speechlessly happy about this song since the Clipse finally let it go this morning, it's hard to want to do more than just let the rappers on this track speak for themselves. What to say? This song, if it were done right, was always going to be some perfect mix of startlin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Jadakiss' Last Kiss Didn't Entirely Brick

    Although pathetic by all pre-industry collapse standards, the news that Jadakiss somehow managed to sell more than 100,000 copies of The Last Kiss his first week out is weirdly heartening--healthy smattering of crossover records aside, our guess is Jada has not ladies but a perversely loyal, perhaps ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    EW Has the Clipse Coverage Beat On Lock, Apparently

    First came the not-quite news that the Clipse were in the studio with Rick Rubin (he was the one who signed them to Columbia, after all). Now that same Entertainment Weekly reporter, Simon Vozick-Levinson, has managed to actually hear the new Clipse single, which carries the very Kanye title "Kinda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Week in Review: You Be Da Man! You Be Da Man!

    This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Clipse in the Studio with Rick Rubin; Nation Prays for "99 Problems," Not That Slipknot Garbage

    Nice: Entertainment Weekly reports the Clipse are in a Malibu studio with Rick Rubin. While Pharrell will forever probably be the murky, coruscating ideal for the Clipse's brand of savage, merciless precision (here's hoping they borrow "Yes" at some point), it was also time to move on: new producers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    On Jadakiss's Kiss My Ass Mixtape, "Turn My Swag On" Remix, Etc.

    There's something reassuring about Jadakiss's promo run up to The Last Kiss. 50 Cent has an album to promote now, too: at the moment, he's surveilling DJ Khaled's family, bragging about having congress with Rick Ross's baby mother, and generally doing everything but killing another human being by wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Clipse Celebrate Obama Coronation

    "And by the way, that snide remark about Play Cloths; unless everyone who's seen, bought, and fawned over the line is lying to us, we seem to have a fashion staple in the works." That'd be the Clipse, responding to Pitchfork fashion critic Tom Breihan ("one of the worst names and worst logos in rap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Clipse Respond To Unfeeling, Heartless Pitchfork Critic

    Former Status Ain't Hood blogger and all-around lovely individual Tom Breihan wrote a considered, basically warm-hearted but somewhat skeptical review of Clipse's new mixtape, Road Till the Casket Drops. The Clipse, or someone taking dictation for the Clipse, today clap back. The weird thing is I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2008

    The Clipse's Pusha T Endorses A.P.C. Jeans

    The grapeshot hipster burst that is "Swagger Like Us" adds another degree of swirl to its sucking nexus of random downtown signifiers. Clipse, whose mixtape slash EP-length promo for their new clothing line, Play Cloths, is out today--it's called Road to the Casket Drops (find it here)--manage to sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    SXSW: Clipse

    Clipse Mohawk Rhapsody Day Party Thurs. March 13 There are construction workers standing on the balconies of the half-finished condos across the street, staring intently at our boozing/taco-scarfing/networking asses as we bask in a cool breeze and guzzle free Coors. I cannot tell if they are forlor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Hugs and Kisses 23: Vampire Weekend Bassist Chris Baio on His Favorite Records

    A little background for all you Vampire Weekend fans. Hugs and Kisses is a weekly Sound of the City column from UK-based music writer Mr. Everett True, author of Nirvana: The Biography (da Capo Press)--one more book about one of the most overrated bands of the Nineties--and publisher of Plan B Magaz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2007

    Live: Girl Talk Gets Hit With More Ass Than A Toilet Seat

    Fred Benenson. More of his flicks here. Girl Talk at Studio B Date: Friday, February 9 Opener: Parts & Labor Better than: Getting a MySpace friend request from Booble Bob Rating: 9.0 Last Friday, Greg Gillis had to pee—desperately enough that he asked a sold-out Studio B to "hang on" a sec while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2007

    P&J Winners: Singles #21-33

    21 Lily Allen, "LDN" (Capitol) Live on SNL [Culture Bully] 22 Pipettes, "Pull Shapes" (Memphis Industries) [Obscure Sound] Cassie, "Me & U" (Bad Boy) [The Cowmonkey] Band of Horses, "Funeral" (Sub Pop) [The Muso] 25 Peter Bjorn and John, "Young Folks" (Wichita/V2) [Quick Before It M ... More >>